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Leadership Team


Evan Powell joins CloudByte as the CEO and Chairman , he has been founding CEO of three enterprise infrastructure software companies, Clarus Systems (RVBD), Nexenta Systems, and most recently StackStorm (BRCD).  

As founding CEO of Nexenta Systems, he helped to reimagine the storage industry as one in which the value of software and freedom from vendor lock-in would predominate.  Under his leadership Nexenta became the leader
of the OpenStorage movement and the software defined storage sector, with thousands of customers and hundreds of millions of dollars of annual partner sales.  

As founding CEO of StackStorm, Evan helped to create the event driven automation category, building a vibrant open source community leveraging and improving upon approaches used by the largest operators such as Facebook.
 Prominent StackStorm users include Netflix, Cisco, and Dimension Data.  Brocade purchased StackStorm in early 2016.  

Currently Evan serves as an advisor and investor in a number of start-ups, including the emerging leader of intelligent object storage, Cloudian, as well as Keewi, TextIQ, Journey Software and others.

Umasankar Mukkara (Uma) has around 20 years of experience as a hands-on developer, architecting scalable products and building energetics teams. Uma has led the product development in the early days of CloudByte. He has
led multiple innovations on the multi-tenant storage front and has contributed to more than 10 patents. Prior to CloudByte, he has contributed significantly to the development of Access Management solutions and has
a sound understanding of the cloud storage and security architecture. Uma also spends significant time in OpenEBS hacking, community engagement and  partner eco-system development.

Uma holds a Masters degree in Telecommunications and software engineering  from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from S.V.University, Tirupati, India.

Jeffry prior to being CTO at CloudByte has worked at several other startups in the storage industry. He worked on several scale out object storage products as well as traditional NAS and SAN storage solutions where he held
leadership roles.

At CloudByte, his primary focus will be around making sure the product is flexible and scalable yet robust enough to be integrated seamlessly into modern day infrastructure where he believes, containers will have a dominant
role.

Jeffry holds a master degree in electrical engineering with a focus on distributed control engineering from the University Twente in the Netherlands. When he is not working with code, he practices martial arts.

Kiran Mova is a Passionate Technologist with 17 years of extensive experience working for product companies like Cisco, Lucent, Novell. Kiran has contributed and lead the efforts in performance engineering, simplifying
the products in terms of usability, operation and deployment complexities, introducing multi-tenancy and enabling SAAS services in domains like IP/Optical Networks, Storage and Access Management.

At CloudByte, Kiran heads the engineering team and is responsible for architecting, solution design and customer adoption of ElastiStor product.  Kiran evangelizes open culture and open source execution models and
is currently the maintainer and contributor of the OpenEBS project.

Kiran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Gulbarga University, Karnataka, India. When he is not programming or reading, he loves to travel, photography, blog and sketch.

Murat Karslioglu is a serial entrepreneur, technologist, and startup advisor with over 15 years of experience in storage, distributed systems, and enterprise hardware development.

Prior to joining CloudByte, Murat has worked at Hewlett Packard Enterprise / 3PAR Storage in various advanced development projects including storage file stack performance optimization and the storage management stack for
HPE’s Hyper-converged solution. Before joining HPE, Murat led virtualization and OpenStack integration projects within Nexenta CTO Office.

Murat holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering from the Sakarya University, Turkey, as well as a number of IT certifications. When he is not in his lab, he loves to travel, advise startups, and spend time with
his family.

Board of Directors


  • Evan Powell

    Chairman & CEO

  • Uma Mukkara

    Co-founder & COO

  • Christof Zihlman

    CEO, Q5 AG

  • Sandeep Singhal

    Managing Partner, Nexus Venture Partners

  • Raj Dugar

    Managing Partner, Eight Roads Ventures

  • Sasha Mirchandani

    Managing Director, Kae Capital

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